New technology and the U.S. military industrial complex


  • J. Paul Dunne School of Economics, University of Cape Town, Cape Town
  • Elisabeth Sköns SIPRI



New technology, defence, security, software, IT, DIB, MIC, cloud


This article considers what could be a fundamental development in the defense industrial base (DIB) in the U.S., namely the increased involvement of commercial technology companies in military-related business. After an outline of the dynamics and longer-term post-Cold War developments in the international arms industry, it investigates recent changes in the Pentagon's attitudes and policies to gain access to new technologies from the commercial and academic sectors. It also considers the military, technological and political drivers that have led to these technologies being sought from commercial companies for military use. It then considers the recent engagement of the major commercial technology companies in activities for the military sector and what is driving them to take up military contracts. Finally, it considers what these developments imply for the dynamics of the arms industry and the relationships within the DIB and the military industrial complex (MIC).


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How to Cite

Dunne, J. P., & Sköns, E. (2021). New technology and the U.S. military industrial complex. The Economics of Peace and Security Journal, 16(2).




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